Hibernia–Verandah Wine Vaults–Jubilee

72-74 Bathurst Street.  Google Maps.
SE cnr Brisbane & Bathurst Streets. Google Maps.

Bathurst and Brisbane St, 2009.

1835 Josiah Pitcher, the Hibernia, Bathurst Street
1836-38 Josiah Pitcher, Hibernia/Hibernian Inn, Launceston
1839-40 Joseph Fossey, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1840-41 Walter Hobson, Hibernia Inn/Hotel, Bathurst Street
1841-42 John Green, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1842-45 William Lewis, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1845 Edward Potts, Hibernia Hotel, Bathurst Street
1845-46 Thomas Dudley, Verandah Wine Vaults, Bathurst St
1846-47 Michael O’Meara, Hibernia, Bathurst Street
1847-49 Benjamin Walford, The Hibernia, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets**
1849-61 John Green, Hibernia (Inn), Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1862-85 Jane Green, Hibernia Inn/Hibernian Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1885-86 Alfred Green, Hibernia Inn, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1886-97 George Green, Hibernia Inn, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1897 Francis Green, Hibernia Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1898 Walter David Johnston, Hibernia Hotel, Brisbane & Bathurst Streets
1898+ Walter David Johnston, Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane and Bathurst streets
**Change of location

Later Victoria Hotel. Now (2017) Irish Murphy’s. The current Art Deco facade dates from the 1930s. I can’t find any photos prior to this.

Photo 1942 (Jubilee Hotel, as best I can tell.)
Photo 1991


Launceston Advertiser, 19 November 1835

Cornwall Chronicle, 14 December 1839

Cornwall Chronicle, 30 May 1840

Launceston Courier, 18 November 1840

Launceston Courier, 23 November 1840

Launceston Advertiser, 22 April 1841

Launceston Courier, 6 September 1841

From 2016.

From “Transfers”:
From Mr. Green, the Hibernia, to Mr. Lewis.
Captain Gardiner in assenting to this application, told Mr. Lewis he was exceedingly glad he had come to Launceston, having known him for a considerable time at Campbell Town, where his house was conducted most respectably, and equal to any in the colony.

Launceston Examiner, 6 August 1842

Cornwall Chronicle, 20 December 1845

From “Annual Licensing Meeting”:
Michael O’Meara, Hibernian Hotel, Bathurst-street — Not well furnished and a pack of cards found by the Police Magistrate on the tap-room table — cautioned.— Granted.
Cornwall Chronicle, 2 September 1846

From “Local: Transfer Day”:
From Michael O’Meara, comer of Brisbane and Bathurst-street, to Benjamin Walford,
The applicant stated, that this (on his part) was merely an application pro forma. He would, if the magistrate approved of such an alteration, remove his “license” to the premises formerly occupied by Mr. King. In granting the application, Mr. Tarleton remarked, that he should throw no obstacle in Mr. Watford’s way ; he believed him to be quite respectable, and was of opinion, that a “licensed house” was much more needed In the neighbourhood to which he was about to remove, than in that from which his license would be taken.

Cornwall Chronicle, 4 August 1847

Launceston Examiner, 19 February 1849

Cornwall Chronicle, 18 August 1855

John Green, Hibernia, corner of Bathurst and Brisbane-streets.
The Police Magistrate said it was in a bad neighborhood, but well conducted.

Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1856

This is for the previous site. From “New Applications”:
John O’Neil, Dove Inn, Bathurst-street, formerly the Hibernia Hotel.

Joint O’Neil.-The Police Magistrate said the house was not wanted; it was it a bad neighborhood, and a bad house. Mr. Douglas said eighteen years ago that house was the best in the place, and was the favorite resort of the country gentlemen. Mr. Pitcher kept it, and enjoyed an extensive trade. It was curious, too, that then there was one more public-house in the neighborhood than now. It lost its license by its beitg transferred to the house of the same name. It possessed good accommodation, and the applicant was a steady man.
Refused on the ground that the house was not required.

Launceston Examiner, 2 December 1856

Launceston Examiner, 7 December 1861

From “Annual Licensing Day”:
John Green, Hibernia Inn, Brisbane and Bathurst-streets.
On tile application of the Police Magistrate the name of Mrs. Jane Green was substituted, as Mr. John Green had died since the application was sent in. Mrs. Green was a very proper person, and had really been managing the house for some time past. Granted.

Launceston Examiner, 10 December 1861

Breaches of the Licensing Act.-Jane Green, the occupier of the licensed house known as the Hibernian Inn, Brisbane and Bathurst-streets, pleaded guilty to an information charging her for that she did not on Sunday, 25th January, keep her licensed house closed, except for the ingress and egress of travellers, whereby she rendered herself liable to a penalty not exceeding £20. together with all costs and charges.-The magistrates inflicted the mitigated penalty of 20s. and costs, 7s. 6d.
Launceston Examiner, 5 February 1863

Our obituary records the death of Mr Josiah Pitcher, of Prospect Village, a very old and respected colonist. Mr Pitcher in the year 1836 kept one of the few respectable hotels of that time in Launceston — the Hibernia in Bathurst-street. At that period it was an inn, frequented by the most respectable colonists from the country districts, visitors from other colonies, and town residents. It stood on a par in point of respectable colonists with the original Cornwall Hotel in Cameron-street. Mr Pitcher realised a competency and retired to Prospect Village, where he has kept, the “Rising Sun Inn” for many years. He occupied much of his time in vine growing, wine and mead making and the liquors he turned out were a credit to himself and the colony.
Cornwall Chronicle, 3 July 1871

Daily Telegraph, 12 October 1885

The Tasmanian, 16 January 1886

Property Sales. — Messrs. W. Hartnoll and Co. held a very successful sale of town properties at their auction rooms yesterday, when the major portion of the lots submitted realised very satisfactory prices. The Hibernia Inn brought £2300, the highest figure paid. There was a large
attendance, and the total amount of the sales was £5060.

Daily Telegraph, 26 January 1886

PERMISSION TO SELL.-George Green was granted permission to sell liquors at the Hibernia Inn, corner of Brisbane and Margaret streets, under the license recently held by Alfred Green, until the next licensing meeting. Robert Smillie was granted permission to sell liquors in an open booth at the Denison Gorge on the 29th inst., at a cricket match.
Launceston Examiner, 20 March 1886

Sir,— My attention has been called to a letter in your Monday’s issue under the title of “Houses of Ill-fame,” signed “Tommy,” who, though sheltering himself under an anonymity, is nevertheless, I think, well known to me. It is quite clear to my friends and myself that my house, the Hibernia, is the subject of your correspondent’s malicious remarks, and as the house has been in my occupation for the past five years, and in that of my family for 35 years before, and during that lengthened period as far as I am aware, no complaint of any kind has been made by police or public as to the manner in which the house has been kept, I must take this opportunity of giving “Tommy’s” suggestion a most emphatic denial. If any proof were required as to the respectability of my house, I might refer to the reports of the annual meetings of the Licensing Bench for the pest years, at which my license has invariably been granted without remark except of a favorable nature. The fact that the house has been in the possession of my family for so long a period without conviction or complaint should be a sufficient refutation of the slur imputed by “Tommy,” whose letter throughout indicates a desire to cast reflection upon a respectable house rather than to draw attention to a public nuisance. Fortunately there is a law for the protection of those subjected to unjust and false aspersions, whose aid I shall be compelled to seek should I be annoyed by any further remarks from your veracious “correspondent.” Trusting you will afford me space or this denial.— Yours, etc.,
George Green.

Daily Telegraph, 12 June 1890

Letter from “Tommy”.

George Green, licensee of the Hibernia Inn, Brisbane and Bathurst streets, was charged with having on Sunday, May 5, given ingress to his house to persons who were not travellers, lodgers, or inmates.
Accused pleaded not guilty.
Hon. R. Byron Miller (Miller and Miller) appeared for accused.
John Upton Fletcher, tailor, said on Sunday last he was going along Brisbane-street to church and passed the Hibernia Inn; two or three men were standing on the pathway smoking and swearing; two men went into the gateway of the hotel; he met a constable and gave information.
Robert Moir, sergeant of police, said he visited the Hibernia Hotel on Sunday at 12 10 p.m.; knocked at the Brisbane-street door, but got no answer; heard the shuffling of feet, and knocked a second time; the door was opened by the landlord; he went inside and searched the house, but found no one; he left Constable Gandy outside to keep watch.

Constable William Gandy said he stopped outside the hotel, and heard a noise in the yard; he looked over the fence in Bathurst street, and saw four men running round from the direction of the house towards the back of the stable; he (witness) went down Brisbane-street, and saw four men running down a waste allotment of ground along the side of the hotel; they got over the fence facing Bathurst-street.
Mr Miller did not think it would be necessary to make a defence, the evidence being insufficient to substantiate the charge. The case was dismissed.
Superintendent Coulter, during the hearing of the case, spoke strongly against influence having been brought to bear to suppress evidence.

Launceston Examiner, 11 May 1895

Obituary.— The death is announced of Mr George -Green, the well-known and popular landlord of the Hibernian Hotel, Brisbane and Bathurst streets. The deceased was the second son of the late Sergeant John Green, of the 96th regiment, and for many years he was employed as a carpenter at Messrs. J. and T. Gunn’s. Some years ago he was working at the Daily Telegraph office effecting improvements when he met with an accident which caused an injury to his spine. He recovered sufficiently to walk about as usual, but he was incapacitated from following his avocation, and be took on the business of hotel-keeper at the Hibernian Hotel, where his mother had carried on a lucrative trade for many years, About two years ago the deceased went into decline, and although skillfully treated he succumbed to the malady yesterday. The late Mr Green leaves a widow and family, some of whom are grown up.
Daily Telegraph, 22 April 1897

Permission was granted to W. D. Johnson to sell liquors in the Hibernian Hotel under the license held by Frances Green until the next meeting of the Licensing Bench
Launceston Examiner, 11 March 1898

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